American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The armpit.
- n. A body part analogous to the armpit, such as the hollow under a bird's wing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the armpit; a region of the body in the recess between the upper arm (or in birds the upper part of the wing) and the side of the chest beneath the shoulder. It is pyramidal in shape, its apex corresponding to the interval between the scaleni muscles opposite the first rib.
- n. In botany, same as axil, 2.
- n. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
- n. botany, uncommon Alternative form of axil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
- n. (Bot.) An axil.
- n. the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder
- From Latin axilla ("side, armpit"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The axilla is a pyramidal space, situated between the upper lateral part of the chest and the medial side of the arm.”
“One or two small branches supplying the anterior fold of the axilla are the only vessels divided, and may not even require ligature, unless, indeed, from necrosis, or to remove a tumour,”
“A doctor writes, The hair, face, axilla, and groin usually harbor the greatest number of bacteria.”
“The key finding is that for women with apparently limited disease before lumpectomy and what's called a positive sentinel node, taking out all the cancerous nodes from the axilla armpit has no survival advantage after five years.”
“Titled "Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum," the team of researchers, led by Dr. Philippa Darbre from the University of Reading in the UK, found that virtually all -- 99 percent -- of the tissue samples collected from women participating in the study contained at least one paraben, and 60 percent of the samples contained no less than five parabens.”
“A. J. Harbach, b L. A. Savoyc and P. D. Darbred* "Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum.”
“When the young woman directly in front of me attempted to adjust her air vent, she lifted her right arm exposing her axilla to the waft of the air nozzle.”
“The neck can be cleaned out as thoroughly as the axilla.”
“Of the sixty patients with no cancer-afflicted nodes in the axilla or the neck, the substantial number of forty-five had been cured of breast cancer at five years.”
“In the summer of 1907, Halsted presented more data to the American Surgical Association in Washington, D.C. He divided his patients into three groups based on whether the cancer had spread before surgery to lymph nodes in the axilla or the neck.”
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